Post # 1
*TMI warning…this post is about poo*
My pup is 9mo old and has recently had some GI upset meaning he is going to the bathroom every couple hours and having diarrhea all the time. I left him in his crate for 1 hour today and he messed his crate which he has never done. He keeps trying to scratch and lick his bottom. And when he sits down sometimes poop comes out.
I took a stool sample in to the Dr and we dont have his results back yet, but since we give him his medicine every month, we dont think its worms.
The doc thinks it could be from a change in food, we just switched him from puppy to adult food by the same company and we probably didn’t do it gradually enough.
She gave us the option of going and buying more puppy food and switching him back to that then gradually adding the adult food (which I feel like could cause more problems because it’s switching again) or putting him on a bland diet which is just rice and chicken that we cook then gradually increasing his food.
Has anyone ever had this problem? What did you do? Did a bland diet stop the diarrhea?
Post # 3
We had to put one of my dogs on a bland diet when I was growing up (but it was because he was getting really old and that was all his system could handle). It was pretty easy from what I recall – it was just a mixture of ground beef and rice and we’d make it in big batches and store it in the fridge.
Post # 4
chicken and rice is helpful to get them back on the right track. We found out that one of our dogs is gluten intolerant and put him on gluten free dog food and that helped.
Post # 5
I’ve had to with younger puppies, chicken and rice works really well. Also, just switching the brand of dog food sometimes helps a lot. My dogs fart up a storm when they eat certain kinds of dog food.
Since he’s licking his bum it really does sound like worms though.
Post # 6
Sometimes my puppy gets an upset tummy too. I just cook up some boneless chicken with white rice and it seems to do the trick every time!
Post # 7
If you don’t have the time for the chicken and rice diet, you can also put your dog on a low-residue dog food diet. Your vet should carry it. We had to use the Iams low residue food for about 6 months when my lab was switching foods, and it worked very well.
Post # 8
Oh and I forgot, pumpkin puree (like you find in a can). I learned that one on the Bee and it works really well.
Post # 9
chicken and rice works so well! you can even use instant rice if you don’t have time to spend preparing. it’s one part chicken to three parts rice. you can gradually add in real dog food.
a word about the pumpkin, though: pumpkin has fiber. DO NOT give your dog fiber if he already has diarrhea — it will make him poop even more. wait until the diarrhea starts to clear, and then you can add in some canned pumpkin (a tablespoon or two) if his poop is runny – the pumpkin helps firm it up and get it back to normal.
Post # 10
We had a Shi-Tzu that had major dietary and allergy problems. We ended up putting him on a strict lamb and rice diet. Hard food only and no people food. He lived to almost 21 yrs and after we put him on the lamb and rice diet he didn’t have near as many problems. He still had a some dry skin, but we used a moisturizing shampoo and kept his hair short and that helped a lot. In my opinion, lamb and rice is the best way to go. Also, use the higher end dog food. The lower end dog food has way too many fillers and other things that aren’t good for your pet’s diet. When switching food, it is always good to mix the old with the new. Start with one quarter new plus three quarters old for a week, then half and half for another week, then three quarters new and one quarter old for another week, then all new.
Post # 11
Make sure the pumpkin is PURE canned pumpkin (It will say PURE on the can). It’s abundant in stores right now 😉
Chicken and rice will make your pup feel a lot better and he’ll love you for it too. No matter what you decide about food, he NEEDS to be on a bland diet right now to let his stomach and intestines heal. You can also mix the pumpkin into the food. The amount of pumpkin depends on the size of your pup.
Also, what i do is boil the chicken in water (no salt or anything) and then cook the rice with the chicken water, thus infusing the chicken taste into the rice. It’s like Christmas for him when he gets it, which is nice as he doesn’t feel well when he does get it 😉
Post # 12
Thanks for all the feedback. Im glad to hear it’s tried and true.
Not to mention he will think it’s delicious!
@noritake22: I totally agree about the higher end dog food. We have him on blue buffalo lab and rice (thats the new one), the puppy food was blue buffalo chicken and rice.
Post # 13
the vet just called…no worms!
Post # 14
I’ve also done cottage cheese and rice (at the rec of the vet), which is nice if you need it right away and don’t want to boil chicken.
Post # 15
plain yogurt also works but dogs seem to like pumpkin better